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The American Society for Aesthetics’ Feminist Caucus Committee, which originated in 1990 as the Feminist Caucus, actively strategizes how to achieve its goals. These include expanding the range of topics under discussion at annual and divisional meetings, as well as within the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism; increasing the number of women on conference programs, who serve as trustees and officers of the ASA, and as authors within the journal and other publications in aesthetics; and extending the range of teaching options in the classroom beyond traditional, mainstream aesthetics. Membership in the committee is open to all ASA members, whose involvement during annual ASA meetings is especially welcomed. In conjunction with the program committee for annual meetings, the Feminist Caucus Committee usually sponsors a special session plus a business lunch meeting, generously subsidized by the ASA (usually held on Thursday).

The ASA supports FCC’s goals regarding the Gendered Conference Campaign (GCC) When selecting panels for the annual meeting, the Program Committee considers whether steps have been taken to support the GCC, as evidenced by the recruitment and participation of women and members of other historically under-represented and excluded groups.

In 2015, FCC celebrated its 25th anniversary with a full day of workshop discussions download the program, followed by a celebratory reception at the Desoto Hilton, Savannah, Georgia. The working committee for this event included Peg Brand Weiser, Carolyn Korsmeyer, Sarah Worth, Sheila Lintott, Summer Renault-Steele, Ivan Gaskell, Nils Stear, and Tim Gould.

The FCC convenes regularly at the ASA Annual Meeting to review past and current initiatives, as well as to plan future projects that promote diversity within the discipline. In conjunction with the program committee, the FCC sponsors sessions at the society’s annual and regional meetings. FCC invites session proposals for the 2019 meeting in Phoenix.
Thanks to ASA Secretary-Treasurer Julie Van Camp, new ASA initiatives complement FCC goals and provide ongoing opportunities for ASA members.

Of special note: - University of California San Diego Summer Program for Women in Philosophy (SPWP); ASA faculty representatives for this program have included Anne W. Eaton (2015), Sondra Bacharach (2016), Mary Beth Willard (2017), and Sarah Worth (2018).
- Rutgers University Summer Institute for Diversity. ASA faculty representatives for this program have included Jane Forsey (2015), Anna Christina Ribeiro (2016), Mary Beth Willard (2017), and Sarah Worth (2018)
- Summer Immersion Program in Philosophy at Brown: ASA faculty representatives for this program have included Anne W. Eaton (2016), Shen-yi Liao (2017), and James Haile (2018).

From our members

- for 2015 data that challenges the misperception that sex discrimination has ended and "women are treated equally in the art world now," see "Taking the Measure of Sexism: Facts, Figures, and Fixes" written by Maura Reilly, author and curator based in New York.
- to read the stats provided in a 2015 blog entry from HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) entitled, "Gender Bias in Academe: An Annotated Bibliography of Important Recent Studies".

Sharing scholarship is an integral part of advancing feminist research within aesthetics and the philosophy of art. FCC encourages all feminist aesthetics scholars to share theirwork at or alternately, at under "Feminist Aesthetics" (under the categories of Feminist Approaches to Philosophy/Feminist Philosophy/Philosophy of Gender, Race, and Sexuality). Moreover, the UPdirectory publicizes information about philosophers who are members of traditionally underrepresented groups in philosophy. The purpose of the directory is to provide an easily accesssible resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the work of philosophers belonging to underrepresented groups within the discipline.

On-Line Resources

Aesthetics: Feminism's Hidden Impact by Carolyn Korsmeyer in the APA Newsletter on Feminism and Philosophy 13: 1 (Fall 2013).
Feminist Aesthetics by Carolyn Korsmeyer in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: First published Fri May 7, 2004; substantive revision Thu Jan 12, 2017.

Commencing January 1, 2019, FCC will have new officers: Chair: Gemma Argüello, and assistant co-chairs: Sue Spaid and Summer Renault-Steele Many thanks to outgoing officers: Sheila Lintott, Chair, at and Sondra Bacharach, Vice-Chair,

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Jonathan NeufeldASA Trustee 2018-2021; JAAC Book Review Editor 2018-2023; 2017 ASA Annual Meeting Program Chair
David DaviesVice-President 2019 - 2021 & ASA Trustee 2009-12

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